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Broughton Gifford solar farm plan on view
1:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A solar farm could be built in Broughton Gifford, across 70 acres of farmland north of Melksham Road.
Proposals were presented during a five-hour consultation at the village hall last Tuesday, where people were able to question developers.
Oliver Kirkham, environmental planner at Pegasus Environmental, said: “The farm should generate enough electricity to power 4,500 homes and will save 6,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
“It will be here for 25 years, then it all goes back to agricultural land.”
Tim Purbrick, of solar park developer Hive Energy, said: “We’ve had a lot of feedback from the consultation. I would say approximately 70 per cent in favour, 20 per cent ambivalent and 10 per cent have concerns.
Hive Energy will meet with the parish council before lodging the application next month.
And Mr Purbrick added: “If it’s approved, it should be ready by the middle of next summer.”
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